Tonto National Forest withdraws Final Environmental Impact Statement for Resolution Copper

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

  On March 1, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture which oversees the United States Forest Service made the following announcement on its website (https://www.resolutionmineeis.us) regarding the Resolution Copper Project.

  On Jan. 15, 2021, the Tonto National Forest released the Resolution Copper Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (ROD) for objection. In the time since these documents were released, the Agency and Department have received significant input from collaborators, partners, and the public through a variety of means. Today, USDA directed the Forest Service to withdraw the Notice of Availability and rescind the Final Environmental Impact Statement and draft Record of Decision. The pre-decisional objection period will be halted as well.

  The project is proposed on Oak Flat, a site sacred to numerous Federally Recognized Tribes in the Southwest. The Department is taking this step to provide an opportunity for the agency to conduct a thorough review based on significant input received from collaborators, partners, and the public since these documents were released. The recent Presidential Memorandum on tribal consultation and strengthening nation to nation relationships counsels in favor of ensuring the Forest Service has complied with the environmental, cultural, and archaeological analyses required. USDA has concluded that additional time is necessary to fully understand concerns raised by Tribes and the public and the project’s impacts to these important resources and ensure the agency’s compliance with federal law. USDA and the Forest Service also understand that under federal law that the Forest Service has limited discretion related to protection of Oak Flat. Long term protection of the site will likely require an act of Congress. USDA and the Forest Service cannot give a precise length of time for completing the re-initiation of consultation but consultations such as this generally take several months.

Staff (5776 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Cy Miller

    July 21st, 2021
    by

    Cy Miller was born July 1, 1937 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas to Cyrus and Alice Miller. Cy had […]


    Meet the President: Kennedy Ivy heads up San Manuel Revitalization Coaltion

    July 21st, 2021
    by

    By Nathaniel A. Lopez San Manuel Miner   On July 18, the Miner caught up with the president of the […]


    Amelia Gonzales

    July 21st, 2021
    by

    Amelia Gonzales, 85, loved being called Mom by her children and Nana by her grandchildren. She departed to the gates […]


    Oracle Community Learning Garden

    July 21st, 2021
    by

    June 20,2021 Mulch Matters Mulching is one of the simplest and most beneficial practices you can use in your garden. […]


  • Additional Stories

    Mayor’s Minute: Catching up on all things Superior!

    July 21st, 2021
    by

    What a busy year 2021 has been – it is hard to believe that half of the year has passed!  […]


    Superior Library to close for vacation; to reopen Aug. 2

    July 21st, 2021
    by

      The Superior Public Library will be closed July 26 through July 30 to accommodate staff vacations.   The library […]


    Superior students heading back to class on Aug. 4

    July 21st, 2021
    by

      The Superior Unified School District (SUSD) has adopted a four-day school week for the  2021/2022 Academic Year which begins […]


    Sea Lions win against Globe in home swim meet

    July 21st, 2021
    by

      The Sea Lions hosted the Globe Piranhas on Saturday, July 17, at the Mammoth Pool.  The Sea Lions won […]


  • Copperarea

  • Southeast Valley Ledger